Like I said yesterday in my post about Rattler, this coming year reminds me a lot of 2007. Oklahoma had a very young group of offensive linemen who had some success in 2006, and quietly had a really good year in 2007. By the time they hit their 3rd year together with Coop, Duke Robinson, Phil Loadholt, & Trent Williams in 2008, that was one of the more dominant groups you could have.
In 2015 and 2016 you had a very young but very talented group on campus in Orlando Brown, Ben Powers, Cody Ford, Dru Samia, Bobby Evans and Erick Wren. 2017 saw the Sooners field one of the more dominant offensive lines I can remember the Sooners having once those guys grew up and matured a little bit. They pretty much had their way with a very salty Georgia defense in the Rose Bowl, and Lincoln Riley's offense gained the reputation of being a machine behind these guys.
Now you see a very similar situation developing. Much like 2016 you have a young core of very talented, big, intelligent guys up front. Like Orlando Brown was, Creed Humphrey is the all everything bellcow of the group, and he's accompanied by a group of guys who have played a lot of good games, but aren't yet dominant.
I look for the O line to continue to develop and take that next step this year. They'll definitely be pushed by a lot of young and talented depth. With left tackle being a question mark, you'll most likely see:
Left Guard: Marquis Hayes
Center: Creed Humphrey
Right Guard: Tyrese Robinson
Right Tackle: Adrian Ealy
Adding key depth will be EJ Ndoma-Ogar at any one of the three interior spots. I think as a true freshman, you may see Andrew Raym get some time and hopefully they'll be able to redshirt him under the new four game rule. Brey Walker will hopefully take that next step as well.
Guys who really need to get after it in my opinion are Darrell Simpson who goes 6'7" 342, Finley Felix & David Swaby. With The buzz abounding about Redshirt Freshman Stacey Wilkins, if these guys don't get after it quick, they may not ever see the field.
Another guy who needs to have a great offseason is Erik Swenson. Erik is a good player who by all accounts is a really hard worker. He was bit by the injury bug this year, and when healthy he was pretty solid. Still he doesn't have the length that you had in an Orlando Brown, and may be better suited in the long run to play inside.
If the reports about Stacey Wilkins are accurate, we may see him win the job in fall camp. Bedenbaugh rarely awards jobs in the spring, and that's a good motivational tactic to keep guys hungry through summer workouts. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to see Wilkins and Swenson battle it out all spring and fall and see Wilkins win out at the last minute before the first game.
Waiting in the wings, you have probably the most talented class that Bedenbaugh has ever brought in with Noah Nelson, Aaryn Parks, Andrew Raym, Anton Harrison & Nate Anderson. By the time they redshirt and have a year to sit, the current O line will be three year starters in 2021 and hopefully reigning Joe Moore award winners.
This spring three of those guys are already on campus in Nelson, Raym & Parks. Having the offseason conditioning, strength and spring ball will allow them to be light years ahead of where they would have been coming in as a traditional freshman in the fall.
To see the Sooners achieve all of the goals they want to, will need to see two of the incumbents to have all-american type years. My money is on Creed Humphrey and Adrian Ealy, while it's not too far fetched to think that Wilkins may be able to get a mention as a freshman all american. They need to have Hayes and Robinson have all-conference type years and for Raym, EJ and Walker to keep their seats hot.
Bedenbaugh will have a fully stocked cupboard with functional depth and experience to protect and drive this offense. It should be a really good year up front.